EM-ONE signs contract with European Union to design and install solar microgrids at two high-impact general hospitals in Borno State, Nigeria

A typical hospital waiting room in Northeast Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria — July 02, 2020

EM-ONE Energy Solutions has signed a contract with the European Union to design and build solar microgrid systems that will provide 24-hour, renewable power to two 100-bed general hospitals in Borno State, Nigeria. The two solar power plants’ installed PV will be 106 kWp and 158kWp, with an energy storage capacity of 420kWh and 630kWh respectively and an advanced microgrid control system. The systems will generate 481,800 KWh of energy annually, saving 44,325,600 Naira in diesel spend and reduce CO2 generation by 516 tonnes per year.

This initiative is part of the European Union’s support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in meeting the SDG 7 — ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and SDG 13 — taking urgent action to combat climate change.

The beneficiary local government areas (LGAs), Bama and Gwoza are two of the largest in Borno — with a combined residential population of over 500,000 and over 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), residing in IDP camps. Both locales have been geographic epicenters for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Northeast and more recently felt the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic on their ability to deliver critical healthcare.

EM-ONE’s solar microgrid systems are designed with community recovery and resilience in mind. The solutions are fully integrated, scalable, and quick to deploy. They use tier-1 equipment components from proven technology partners –Tesla, Schneider Electric and SMA. The design of the solution empowers the beneficiaries to focus on what they do best –provide life-saving health service delivery.

EM-ONE is currently working to fast-track the implementation timeline of the project to make immediate impact in strengthening Nigeria’s health sector amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Katrine Thomsen, Head of Section, Economic Cooperation and Energy comments, “the European Union Delegation to Nigeria is pleased to be working with EM-ONE to deliver this high-impact project in Borno State. The global pandemic has only exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in the North East of Nigeria, and this project will strengthen the ability of these two major hospitals to provide essential healthcare to the surrounding community, sustainably — through COVID-19 and beyond.”

Mir Islam, EM-ONE’s CEO comments, “EM-ONE has been working to strengthen Nigeria’s health sector for over 5 years through renewable energy –building partnerships with donors and technology providers to do this at scale. We are excited at the opportunity to do this once again amidst the global pandemic and make a large impact for the especially vulnerable LGAs at Bama and Gwoza.”

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